Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Adventuring Into The Hodgepodge

Welcome to our end of September Hodgepodge. So glad you've landed here today! If you've answered this week's questions add your link at the end of my post. And before you run off say hi to your neighbor on the linky list because being neighborly is what it's all about.

From this Side of the Pond   
1. What pets did you have while growing up? Tell us a little something about them.

We had a wire haired terrier for most of my growing up years. I think she was about six years old when we got her from a friend's neighbor. The woman had remarried and her husband said he was allergic to dogs. I remember going to their house to pick up the pup and her son was sobbing as we drove off with their dog. Still not sure the new husband was actually allergic to dogs. ahem. 

Misty was already very well trained by the time we got her, and while all dogs have one bad habit or another overall she was a wonderful pet. One of my favorite memories of her was the time we came home from church and she came slinking down the stairs, playing it all cool and nonchalant. She was a terrier so had a 'beard' and stuck to the side of her beard was one of those gigantic lollipops my sister had gotten at a fair. The whole thing was stuck to the side of her face, stick and all. 

She loved to play Frisbee, ride with her head out the car window, and 'try' to drink from the hose. She lived to the ripe old age of 16 and was loved to the end.  

2. What is one thing you absolutely must accomplish today?

Groceries! And I need to finish booking hotels for an upcoming trip, change the sheets in the guest room, reschedule a doctor's appointment, and answer the Hodgepodge questions of course.  

3. Where were you ten years ago? What were you doing there?

Ten years ago hubs and I were living in a little village outside of London. Daughter1 was here in SC beginning her sophomore year of university, and Daughter2 was home in England with us just starting her senior year of high school. High school! Whaaaat???

Italy, Summer 2007

I spent my days volunteering with the American Women's Club, the PTA, and Young Life. Also traveling, lunching with friends, hiking in the pastoral English countryside, drinking proper tea, popping into London at least once a week, and pinching myself that this was my life. 

4. September 26th is National Dumpling Day. Did you celebrate? Apple dumpling, xiaolongbao (steamed Chinese dumpling), chicken and dumplings, pirogi, matzoh balls, or gnocchi...which dumpling on this list would be your dumpling of choice? Have you ever made homemade dumplings of any kind?

I didn't celebrate, but am not opposed to it either. I'm a fan of everything on the list but xiaolongbao is my favorite.  I think I had an order every day we were in Shanghai.  

I've made apple dumplings and homemade gnocchi but it's been a long while since I've made either. 

5. 'There are two kinds of adventurers: those who go truly hoping to find an adventure and those who go secretly hoping they don't.' William Trogdon

So which kind are you?

I think we know which kind I am-ha! Actually here's my answer-I'm an adventurer who goes secretly hoping they find adventure, just not too much of it. 

6. Insert your own random thought here.

The new TV season has begun...what are you watching? We typically don't watch a lot of TV here, and as a result I'm often out of the popular culture loop. I'm okay with that by the way. 

We watched the season premier of  The Good Doctor and hubs and I both really liked it. We'll keep watching. I'm also recording Navy Seals and thought the first episode was just okay, but we'll stick with it for now. 

Daughter2 and her boyfriend like Survivor and she's convinced me to give that a try this year too. Hubs and I watched for several seasons way back when, but haven't seen it in years. The teams this season do look interesting-heroes, healers, and hustlers-so maybe I'll give it another chance. 

My secret guilty TV pleasure is The Making of the DCC. My girls and I all watch it and we love it. I may give up on the NFL, but I do like to see the intense competition that goes on in trying to become  one of the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders. It's nearly over for this year, but I'm sure it's available somewhere. 



  1. The American Women Club makes me always laugh, although it's very nice ! but in each town in Europe where you have 3 American ladies they found a American Women Club. No exception here in Waterloo and in Brussels ! And they are quite big!

  2. I love that you refer to our tea as "proper" tea. I'm definitely a proper tea drinker and I love that they refer to some as "English Breakfast Tea" even though it comes from India. Hope you get all your tasks for today completed.

  3. Wonderful adventure reading this early morning! I have always wanted to visit England, one of my favorite tv programs is As Time Goes By, airing on PBS, all in reruns! Judi Dench is one of my favorite English actors.
    Your daughters are beautiful. Thank you for hosting Wednesday Hodgepodge.


  4. I have that picture in my head now of your sweet dog, Misty...lollipops and all! What a great story! No NFL for me either...never has been. What is going on currently just gave me one more reason. :D Great questions, Joyce...thanks and enjoy the rest of your week!

  5. Whoa, that seems like a harsh way to start a relationship with your stepson by giving away his DOG!!! But glad she found a forever home with your family :)

    I know Abby is excited for the fall tv season to start, but I'm not exactly sure what she is taping for us. I'm looking forward to the return of This is Us and Life in Pieces. The latter was introduced to us by The Boy when we were in Washington and available on Netflix.

    10 years flies by, doesn't it??!!

  6. Thinking back makes us realize how much has changed in 10 years, doesn't it? It's amazing (and a bit scary at our age)!

    We haven't missed an episode of Survivor yet. It's one of the few shows Ed enjoys. I hope this season will be good. We've been watching a series called, "The Vietnam War" on PBS, which has been interesting. The only new show I've tried, so far, is "Meet the Putmans" on TLC. Five families, all living in the same house... the parents, their 4 grown children/spouses, and 16 grandchildren! I don't think that living situation would be for me!
    Have a great rest of the week,
    Kathy (Reflections)

  7. Mother is still with us (hopefully only another 6 weeks and she'll be able to be on her own again) and she keeps calling Tucker, Jacques. Haha! They do favor one another as Tucker is half poodle but he's smaller than Jacques was. We're chuckling over this every time she does it. Tucker doesn't seem to mind as long as she's petting him. :) I'm not watching much yet. I am back on Lethal Weapon and will keep up with This is Us on Hulu. I won't be giving up football on Saturdays or Sundays but I did have to give up the Panthers. I love that picture of your girls! I hadn't seen that one before. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

  8. Good morning Joyce. I watched The Good Doctor last night and liked it. I will have to check out DCC - sounds like my kind of thing! Enjoy your week and I hope that you get everything done today!

  9. I think it would have been a wonderful experience to live in England. We visited there and it was such a beautiful place, everything so lush and green. Loved reading about your dog and the lollipop. Too funny. Our dachshunds got into lots of mischief, especially Max. Your daughters are so pretty. I am anxiously awaiting the next season of Poldark on Masterpiece which begins this Sunday. I would like to find other good shows to watch, but Masterpiece is my favorite. NFL - boo-hiss!

  10. I know how you feel about not wanting too much adventure!

    We're watching Lethal Weapon and Designated Survivor (starts tonight, I think!) and I watch This Is Us.

    May I ask what sets "proper tea" apart from the tea here in the US?

  11. I am so excited for this television season. I'm going to have to go back and watch the Navy Seals show. I recorded Brave, which is probably something similar. I'm more than ready for tonight's opening Survivor show. I started listening to Rob Has a Podcast last season, and I've become addicted. I've always been a casual viewer, but his podcast breaks down game moves, and he also interviews the person voted out. I like hearing about what we don't get to see on the series. I listened to this podcast during the Big Brother series this summer too. Such a life, eh? Have a lovely day!

  12. Well, I'd say your entire life has been quite the adventure with lots of fun packed into it. I enjoy The Voice and am trying hard to like This Is Us but not so sure about it. I just don't get all the hype over it and then last night the beginning of the Mendenez murders. Wow, it was intense! Happy midweek to you!

  13. Joe and I enjoyed The Good Doctor too! We decided to DVR the series so we won't miss an episode. We were also happy to see NCIS and NCIS New Orleans back this week. We watch waaay too much TV but we don't apologize for it. :) This was a fun HP, Joyce. Thanks again!

  14. So my question for you (new to your HP and plan to participate next week, btw!) is: Have you seen the original Good Doctor, which is a korean drama? VERY VERY good! I haven't taken the leap to watching this one yet because I really worry about it.

  15. I would pinch myself, too, if I could live outside of London for a season or two. That's a funny story about coming home to the stuck lollipop! We still watch NCIS. I do watch Survivor and Project Runway. Looking forward to the last season of Fixer Upper. We DVR the shows and watch them after the fact so we can skip the commercials. The British shows we enjoy (with such short seasons) are Endeavor, Vera, The Coroner, and one I can't remember the name of. :) Happy grocery shopping and packing to you!

  16. I went to schedule a doctor's appointment yesterday, I wanted to make it the same day as another appointment I have in the same area. She said let me see what is available. Her first available appointment was on the exact day and time that I wanted to try to get. Nothing has been this easy for the entire year!! You have had big changes in the last 10 years. I watched The Good Doctor also and I liked it too. I'm big into the Fall season of shows. However it is very difficult when your traveling and can't have everything in your DVR and have to come home and get caught up on Demand. I normally don't travel this time of year for a reason.

  17. Joyce,

    Hmm, I left a comment earlier saying I would wait until tomorrow to link up but changed my mind and decided to add the hodgepodge questions in with my WW post. For anyone looking, then you'll find my answers at the bottom of my post. Thanks for hosting the mid-week fun!

  18. Your girls are gorgeous. Just wanted to mention that.

    I didn't think "Navy SEALs" had made its debut yet. I've always liked David Boreanaz, though I don't think there'll be the humor in this show that was in "Bones."

  19. Joyce, as always love the questions!!!
    thank you for having us bring back our childhood memories! One of these day I am going to visit Europe *Germany and Ireland* as it is my heritage

  20. The dog with the lollipop sounds funny. We have had dogs who got into all sorts of things that made a mess. One dog we had was as sweet as she could be and never got into anything or was remotely a problem. But, because she was a German Shepherd/ Chow mix she got a bum rap when it came to homeowner's insurance. Have a blessed week.

  21. That's a cute picture of your girls. :)

    It sounds to me like you've had a very adventurous life. You've gone so many places, seen so many things, and best of all, you're a GRANDMA. Can't get much cooler than that!

    Have a blessed week!